Lyudmila Putina is a Russian linguist and social worker who was previously married to Russia President Vladimir Putin. Having grown up in Kaliningrad, she studied Spanish and philology in college. In her early 20s, she served as a flight attendant for the Kaliningrad branch of Aeroflot. Sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s, she met her future husband who was back then a Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (KGB) operative. They married in July 1983 and went on to have two daughters. She taught German at the Leningrad State University, her alma mater, and later worked as the Moscow representative for TelecomInvest. She was at Putin’s side as he joined politics and gradually rose to power. She became the second lady of Russia for the first time in 1999, and a years later, assumed the duties of the first lady of Russia. While both tenures were marred with controversies, she was able to maintain a low profile for herself and her children. In 2013, she and Putin publicly announced their separation, stating that it was based on a mutual decision. Since then, she has married Artur Ocheretny, a man twenty-one years her junior.